As the industry’s leading systems supplier, The VEKA UK Group is understandably very proud to shout about its home and heritage; especially as the North Lancashire town of Burnley was recently voted the ‘Most Enterprising Area in the UK’ in 2013.
The accolade, awarded through the Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, recognises and celebrates the range of business, enterprise and economic development work that has reshaped Burnley’s reputation.
The VEKA UK Group is the area’s largest employer, and no stranger to being at the forefront of enterprising in its local town. Sales and Marketing Director Colin Torley explains: “As a founding member of the Burnley Bondholders scheme, which submitted the entry for this year’s awards, The VEKA UK Group has always promoted Burnley as a place for business.
“We have been a huge part of Lancashire’s manufacturing heritage for 27 years, and during 2011, following the acquisition of the £58M Bowater Building Projects, we helped Burnley become home to the UK’s largest systems manufacturer. Burnley’s win for Most Enterprising Area in the UK is a fantastic accolade and we are unequivocally proud of our town for being recognised for that.”
Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said: “The Burnley Bondholders scheme stood out from the other entries in this year’s most enterprising place category because it demonstrated how collaborative thinking can make a real difference to an area.
“The scheme sets Burnley apart from the rest of Britain, as it brings together more than 100 local businesses that work together to promote local enterprise; and through that passion and hard work they have attracted £10m to the area. Initiatives like this are working hard to boost growth and thoroughly deserve recognition and the opportunity to represent the UK and the European Awards in November.”
Colin Torley continues: “Since we began manufacturing in Burnley 27 years ago, VEKA has continually invested in its people, plant and products, and we are currently partway through an ambitious £10M investment programme, which we believe will essentially future-proof our business and allow us to have total control of the raw materials which go into our products. This programme includes the build of a new £4M mixing plant and our recently opened new Quality Control lab.
“This award reflects Burnley’s growing stature in showing the way to the rest of the country in promoting manufacturing in Britain and puts us on the map as a place where enterprise and innovation is thriving. It also highlights once again what a fantastic, successful town we have – one that The VEKA UK Group is extremely proud to be a part of.”